- Last Updated: 10:14 AM, June 16, 2012
- Posted: 1:21 AM, June 16, 2012
The carjacker killed by a Brooklyn cop is a career criminal whose crew once shot a man during a terrifying home-invasion robbery after threatening him with torture.
Shantel Davis, 23, and four other thugs allegedly brutalized victim Ralph Ragoobak in his East New York home during the April 2011 break-in.
They dragged him from his apartment to a waiting Honda and shot him in the back and leg as he tried to escape.
“I was shot five times, I almost lost my life,” Ragoobak told The Post.
Davis was charged with attempted murder and kidnapping — and was supposed to be in court yesterday.
The detective who fatally shot her Thursday also is no angel.
Phil Atkins, 44, is described in multiple lawsuits as a cop who roughs up suspects first and asks questions later.
The city has settled five of the suits — to the tune of more than $224,000 — and two others are still pending, court papers show.
“He shouldn’t be a cop,” said Vincent Burgess, 29, who won a $50,000 settlement in a 2003 lawsuit against Atkins and the NYPD.
On March 30, 2003, Atkins and two other cops turned up at Burgess’ doorstep and hit him in the face twice with a walkie-talkie while arresting him for drug possession and interrupting a police investigation, he said.
In another suit, a schoolteacher was paid $140,000 after claiming Atkins and other cops kicked in her door while her kids were sleeping and dragged her down a flight of stairs during an early-morning raid.
Atkins and Davis crossed paths at about 6 p.m. Thursday in East Flatbush when the cop and his partner saw the crazed woman make a wild U-turn in a stolen Toyota Camry.
She ran several red lights before slamming head-on into a van at East 38th Street, said NYPD spokesman Paul Browne.
When the officers approached her vehicle on foot, Davis tried to jump out the passenger side, but struck Atkins’ partner, Daniel Guida, with the door.
She hopped back over to the driver’s side, where Atkins was trying to shut off the ignition.
They struggled over the steering wheel — with Davis twice throwing the car in reverse.
She was shot in the chest after apparently grabbing for Atkins’ gun, sources said.
Davis died at Kings County Hospital.
Atkins, a 12-year veteran, has been reassigned to desk duty while the NYPD investigates the shooting.
Browne, the NYPD spokesman, brushed off the past allegations against the cop.
“This is a litigious town and active officers have lawsuits and complaints,” Browne said.
Michael Palladino, president of the Detectives Endowment Association, said the public shouldn’t rush to judge Atkins.
“It is unfair to measure a narcotics detective’s performance by lawsuits that are filed,” Palladino said.
He said some of the lawsuits are filed by thugs in Atkins’ precinct hoping to make a quick buck.
“Drug dealers are interested in making money either by selling drugs or filing lawsuits,” Palladino added.
Additional reporting by Jose Martinez and Jennifer Bain